The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) has warned people trading under high tension electricity wires in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers to desist from the act.
Mr John Onyi, Manager of Corporate Communications, PHED, gave the warning in a statement in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
Onyi, who made the appeal during a public awareness campaign organised by the company, also urged the people against erecting structures under high tension lines.
“People should stop trading and erecting structures under high power lines as many lives have been lost due to non-adherence to safety standards.
“In October, a 14-year-old boy lost his life when a line snapped on Abuloma 11KV feeder and rested on top of the building he was in.
The spokesman noted that a safe distance from 11KV feeder was 5.5 metres while the distance from 33KV power lines was 12.5 metres.
“On tolerance, the safe distance for 132kv lines is 25 metres while 0.415kv line is 1.5 metres.
“However, we are dismayed that members of the public have habitually jettisoned the safety rules and regulations.
“So, PHED is calling for concerted effort with relevant authorities to enforce safety standards in order to save lives,” he said.
Onyi said the company was currently carrying out door-to-door safety awareness campaign to discourage the people from trading and living under high tension lines.
According to him, the company should not be held responsible in the event of loss of lives or injury caused by electricity shocks from such power lines.
Edited by Ejike Obeta/Felix Ajide
Port Harcourt DisCo introduces code to eliminate ghost workers
The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) says it has introduced staff verification code to eliminate ghost workers and impersonation of its employees.
The company’s acting Manager of Corporate Communications, Mrs Chioma Aninwe, made this known in a statement in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
Aninwe said the staff verification code was designed to end the activities of impersonators who present themselves as staff of PHED to defraud customers.
She said the verification was part of several measures put in place by the company to serve customers in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers states.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Port Harcourt DisCo introduces USSD electricity payment system
The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED), says it has launched a new billing system for easy payment of electricity bills by customers in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers states.
Mr Henry Ajagbawa, the Chief Executive Officer of PHED, made this known in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, during the official launch of the new payment model.
Represented by PHED’s General Manager of Services, Mrs Ochuko Amah, Ajagbawa expressed optimism that the new Unstructured Supplementary Services Data (USSD), payment system would improve the company’s revenue.
He said that with the new USSD approach, customers on Prepaid and Postpaid meters can now pay their electricity bills by dialing*347*008# on their mobile phones.
“The USSD bill payment by EasyPay International in conjunction with PHED is to encourage our customers to make seamless payment of electricity bills by using their mobile phones.
“PHED decided to hire EasyPay to enable the company to expand the company’s collection network with a view to serving the customers better.
Ajagbawa said that the company decided to launch the USSD payment system understanding that some customers did not own internet-enabled smart phones to access PHED’s online payment portal.
He further said that the payment was targeted mainly at customers in rural areas, especially those who always blamed unavailability of internet in their area as excuse not to pay their electricity bills.
“The expansion of our collection points is aimed at making payment of electricity bills accessible to all and sundry, and so, customers will no longer have excuses not to pay their bills.
“The prompt payment of electricity bill by customers will enable PHED to sustain its ongoing network expansion, meet statutory obligations and maintain our network,” he said.
The PHED boss said that the company was currently carrying out massive expansion of its network to light Port Harcourt and environs on or before June 2021.
According to him, the network expansion would be extended to its three other coverage states to enable customers to enjoy uninterrupted electricity supply.
Mr Lucky Omonedo, the Head Internal Audit of EasyPay International, said that besides the ease of payment, customers who paid their electricity bills regularly would be gifted huge financial rewards.
He said that customers could use the USSD payment system without paying service fees.
Edited By: Nick Nicholas/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
Port Harcourt DisCo recruits 355 fresh workers
The PHED Managing Director, Dr Henry Ajagbawa, made this known while addressing the new workers in Port Harcourt, according to a statement by the company’s Manager of Corporate Communications, Mr John Onyi, on Friday.
Ajagbawa was quoted as having said that PHED also recruited the workers in line with the company’s recent restructuring that sought to improve service delivery to customers.
“The new employees were recruited from the company’s coverage states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers, in accordance with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) extant laws.
“The new inductees will be customarily trained on the business model of the company to enable them to account for every energy sold to customers.
“PHED is known to have a culture of integrity with zero tolerance for corruption. This is why the company is regarded as a tribe with common goals, culture and behaviour,” he said.
The managing director advised the new workers to be hardworking in carrying out their assigned duties to enable the company to achieve its set objectives.
According to him, PHED management is focused on building a world class company that will deliver unequal services to customers in the four states of its operation.
“So, this is a new and young PHED that we intend to build from scratch through complete purging of corruption, in order to inject freshness into the system.
“However, we are worried at the rising energy theft and meter bypass in our network which, left unchecked, is capable of crippling the electricity industry,” he told the workers.
Ajagbawa urged them to ensure that customers were captured into the system as well as monitored to reduce theft of energy and meter bypass in its network.
Mr Raymond Osueni, who spoke on behalf of the newly-employed workers, thanked PHED management for the opportunity and assured of his colleague’s commitment to serve.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
Port Harcourt DisCo begins new electricity tariff July 1
Port Harcourt Distribution Company (PHED) will on July 1 begin implementation of new electricity tariff to customers in four states, says an official of the company.
The states are Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers.
The PHED Manager of Corporate Communications, John Onyi, said in a statement in Port Harcourt on Thursday that the tariff would be reviewed upward.
He said: “PHED wishes to notify customers in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers states that there will be an upward review of electricity tariff effective July 1.
“The review will affect all categories of customers in our coverage states.
“The tariff review has been a yearly order since 2015, when it was first reviewed after its introduction in 2008 by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
Onyi said that the policy was done under the Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO) that regulates licensees of distribution companies over a period of time.
According to him, the MYTO framework uses the fluctuation in forex market, gas price, inflation rate and generation capacity to determine review of tariff.
“The new tariff will enable PHED improve services to customers. However, customers will pay more based on hours of availability, a business model that is sacrosanct to PHED.
“Also, in anticipation of the new tariff, PHED has embarked on a number of projects to fortify our network for seamless service delivery to customers.
“One of such projects is the ongoing construction and reconfiguration of our network for the evacuation of 48 megawatts from Rumuomasi Transmission Station in Port Harcourt,” he added.
The PHED spokesman sought cooperation and support of customers through prompt payment for consumed electricity in their homes and places of work.
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)